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Raspberry Swirl Orange Loaf

1 Sep

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This sunny, citrusy loaf is for early mornings. Specifically, it’s for Fridays. You see, it’s hard enough resisting treats at work on a normal day, but on Fridays I’m greeted by at least three or four flavors of sweet rolls waiting to be taste-tested. There’s always a cinnamon roll, a pecan-topped sticky bun, sometimes a chocolate roll, all with a knife sitting by them for cutting and sampling. And then there’s my favorite– a raspberry-jam-filled roll topped with a tangy orange glaze that I find irresistible. It whispers to me, I swear it does!

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Well, this Raspberry Swirl Orange Loaf is my defense and my reward for resisting temptation. It’s a tantalizing indulgence in its own right. Tender and moist, sweet and fragrant, it’s a perfect pick-me-up for long work days. I brought slices of this loaf to work and it was quickly devoured by all. No one you serve this to will ever guess it’s grain free, dairy free and refined sugar free! It’s as good as (if not better than!) any decadent coffeehouse treat. This loaf will get gobbled up without so much as a crumb left behind!

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This recipe is a great foundation for a variety of flavor combinations. Try it with cherry or strawberry jam. Switch up the orange for lemon and pair it with blueberry or black currant. The wonderful thing about using jam is you can enjoy the flavors of summer all year round. I know I’ll be baking up loaves of this in the winter to cut through the gray gloom!

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Blackberry Pecan Crisp

20 Aug

We’ve had a remarkable summer here in Portland this year. Endless days of sunshine, never worrying whether today is going to be a “shorts day” or if the weather is right for a hike. It’s been hot for us Oregonians, sometimes a bit too muggy, but I can’t complain. (Okay, I can complain a little when I have to cook or workout or sleep). These sunny days have made for an early blackberry crop, and if you know me at all, you know I love to tackle those prickly vines for summer’s sweet (and free!) bounty.

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I’m a bit strange about blackberries though. I love them, but I don’t love them raw. I prefer them baked into pies and muffins and sweet breads. And although I have a plethora of blackberry-laden baked good recipes on my old blog, I have yet to make a paleo creation with my favorite berry. The time has come!

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Crisps (or crumbles, as some people call them) are one of my favorite quick and easy dishes for any fresh fruit. My mom used to always make the most delicious apple crisp that we could literally finish between the two of us in one evening– and it was probably the simplest recipe in her repertoire! Just plain apples layered in the bottom of a dish, topped with a sweet and buttery crumble laden with oats and butter.

This paleo version is a little more involved, but still quite simple. Since nuts tend to burn quickly and become bitter, I decided to par-bake the fruit filling before adding the crumble topping. The extra head start the fruit gets in the oven is the perfect time to mix the topping together. In less than an hour, you’ll have a warm, bubbly treat to eat with a scoop of ice cream on a warm summer evening!

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